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The non-invasive secrets to younger looking skin

Saturday , 19 December 2015

In our increasingly image-focused world, it’s little surprise that doctors have been seeing a rise in demand for cosmetic treatments. This week, TGI takes a look at some of the non-invasive ‘anti-ageing’ treatments available in India

Staying young and beautiful is every person’s dream. Added to that, over exposure to sunlight and other external factors, unhealthy eating and sleeping habits, tend to make one look older than his/her age.

This has taken many to the doorsteps of dermatologists and cosmetic clinics.

India continues to remain one of the most-preferred destinations for anti-ageing and other cosmetic procedures. The cosmetic surgery market in India is growing at 40% per annum. Medical tourism has a major role to play in boosting the growth every year.

Sanjeev Mahajan, Executive Director & CEO at Enhance Aesthetic and Cosmetic Studio in Noida said, “The cosmetic surgery market has witnessed tremendous growth in India. We receive an enormous number of queries from foreigners and non-resident Indians, as well.”

According to an international survey conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), India ranked fourth in the world, with 894,700 surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2010.

“Non-invasive anti-ageing procedures constitute 3% of the entire skincare segment in India. We get many people from abroad, including the West, to eradicate facial lines and wrinkles to look younger,” said Dr Mohan Thomas, a US qualified cosmetic surgeon, who runs the Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Mumbai.

He added that most of the dermatologists and cosmetologists in India are trained by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, American and International Board of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Academy of Dermatology.

“The trend in the cosmetic segment has changed over the last few years. With advancement in technology, more non-invasive or less invasive procedures for cosmetic treatments are now available. These procedures are competitive, less painful and guarantee quick recovery,” explained Dr Thomas.

Non-invasive anti-ageing treatments

Fine lines, sagging skin, wrinkles and pigmentation are common factors that drive many to seek anti-ageing treatment. Below are the top 15 non-invasive anti-ageing treatments, available in Indian hospitals and clinics:

  1. Thermage: It is a non-surgical (single sitting) procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy and works below the skin surface. It heats the skin and tightens it. It also helps in lightening sun spots, age spots and dark patches.
  2. Fraxel Restore: It is a non-invasive laser treatment that corrects textural irregularities and lightens the dull tone of the skin/face/neck/chest/hand. It helps reverse visible effects of ageing.
  3. Injectable Fillers: This treatment uses specialised injections, containing hyaluronic gel, which help in correcting fine lines and wrinkles and adding volume to the nasolabial folds. These last for 6 months to a year.
  4. Botox: This is one of the most popular non-invasive anti-ageing treatments that treats creases of the forehead and removes unwanted fine lines. Unlike the above-mentioned treatments, this treatment usually lasts between 4 to 6 months.
  5. Chemical Peels: These help remove dead and damaged layers of the top skin. A number of sessions are required to reduce age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne and pigmentation and improve facial skin texture.
  6. Red Light Therapy: This treatment is among the newer non-invasive treatments. It uses a special Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Laser Diode (LD) for skin rejuvenation (photomodulation).
  7. Non-Surgical Facelifts / Skin Tightening: This treatment is advised for people in their early thirties to maintain a youthful skin tone. The therapy couples radiofrequency with ultrasound to tone down fine lines around eyes, nasolabial folds, jowls and perioral lines, considerably.
  8. Photorejuvenation: It is another laser procedure which uses intense pulsed light to remove the effects of photo aging such as wrinkles and spots. It aids in reversing sun-induced damage – improving skin tone, elasticity and lightening sun spots.
  9. Microdermabrasion: This is a non-invasive and non-chemical procedure where tiny crystals are sprayed onto the superficial layers of the skin thus exfoliating and removing dry, dead skin cells to reveal younger, healthier looking skin. It is one of the most affordable procedures, which help in reducing fine lines, brown spots and mild acne scars.
  10. Reloxin (Dysport): This therapy is considered to be an alternative to Botox. Just like Botox, it uses Botulinum toxin type A but the concentration is milder and therefore results are reported to last longer. Results usually appear within 1 or 2 days as compared to Botox where they show up in 2 to 4 weeks. In this therapy, a fine needle is used to inject reloxin in the affected area.
  11. Collagen Facial Therapy: In this therapy, collagen – a fibrous protein, is injected into targeted areas. The therapy requires one to two sittings. It helps fill in wrinkles and lines around the eyes, nose and forehead and adds volume to the lips.
  12. ScarLet: This therapy involves fractional radiofrequency (RF) through micro-needle technology directly into the dermis, to stimulate production of collagen to enhance tissue strength, reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture and tighten the skin.
  13. Mesotherapy: This procedure involves using active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, retinols etc. injected through a micro-needle to give skin a healthy and youthful look. Depending on the skin type of the patient, it helps rejuvenate skin, increases skin elasticity and reduce cellulite.
  14. Affirm Fractional Multiplex Laser: This dual-laser light technology uses two wavelengths to help tighten, rejuvenate, restructure, tone and retexture the skin. Cosmetologists say that it is one of the most effective non-invasive anti-ageing treatments.
  15. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: Also known as a, ‘vampire’s facelift’, a small amount of one’s own blood is withdrawn and the blood constituents are separated before being reinjected into the skin of the patient. These platelets when reinjected, release healing proteins called growth factors which release stem cells and increase collagen formation. It helps treat wrinkles and repairs and rejuvenates ageing skin.

Anti-Ageing Tips

Dr Aakriti Mehra, Consultant Dermatologist & Cosmetologist at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai, shares tips on anti-ageing:

  1. Include in your diet: plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables rich in fibre; fish like salmon, sardines, trout; foods like flaxseed oil, olive oil, walnuts, pumpkin seeds; fruit like avocados and vegetables like kale, spinach, mustard greens etc.(these are rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which are anti-ageing).
  2. Drink a lot of water.
  3. Avoid smoking.
  4. Avoid processed food.
  5. Avoid over exposure to the sun, as sun damage causes loss of collagen, leading to wrinkling and sagging skin and accentuates pigmentation. Always use sunscreen and sunglasses.
  6. Use a retinoid, prescribed by a dermatologist. Retinoids are the strongest anti-ageing products in the market.